- The Washington Times - Wednesday, August 16, 2000

LOS ANGELES Christie Brinkley is discussing the dangers of handguns and high-flux beam reactors, and the men are going ga-ga.
She's in the walkway in front of Section 212 at the Staples Center, surrounded by a crowd of men eager to have their picture taken with her.
"What American in his right mind would need a cop-killer bullet? As a mom, I can't stand back and let the NRA set up in the Oval Office," says the supermodel/Gore delegate/anti-nuclear activist.
The men are thrilled.
"You're soooo articulate and passionate," gushes Sam Irvin, a delegate from Walsh, Colo. "No one thinks about it like you no one articulates it like you."
Those words make her beam.
She is no longer just the "quintessential bod beautiful," as she was once described by People magazine. And she is no longer just Billy Joel's ex or a shill for home exercise equipment. Here, on the floor of the Democratic National Convention, the supermodel has legitimacy. Christie is a policy wonk.
"Here she comes!" shouts Michelle Foley, a delegate from Hershey, Pa., when she spots Mrs. Brinkley on the convention floor.
The supermodel is standing by the New Mexico delegation as a swarm of photographers and TV cameramen follow her every move. She's carrying a Sony Camcorder so she can record a video diary for ABC's "Good Morning America." It's a strange media moment video cameras shooting Mrs. Brinkley shooting a video camera.
Delegates nearly all of them men are lining up four-deep to see her.
She puts down the video camera to discuss how she got involved in the anti-nuclear movement in the Hamptons, the exclusive Long Island, N.Y., community where she lives.
"We're in the cross hairs of nuclear reactors that are in trouble," she says.
Mrs. Brinkley, 46, is on the board of directors of Standing for Truth Against Radiation, a group that has fought to shut down reactors. She has spoken in favor of solar and wind power, and lobbied federal officials to study the health effects of radiation on children. She's hosted fund-raisers for the anti-nuke group, including a recent concert with Mr. Joel, her ex-husband, that raised about $200,000.
She campaigned to be a Gore delegate "I walked the bitterly cold streets of New York" and lost by 80 votes. But the Gore campaign appointed her a super-delegate.
"Some people think 'Celebrities, what do they know?' but people might tune into a celebrity," she says. "People don't expect a supermodel to discuss the effects of a nuclear reactor on a neighborhood."
Distributed by Scripps Howard News Service

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